Whitesburg KY

Woman killed accidentally with officer’s gun

A Letcher County Ranger has been placed on administrative leave after a gun issued to him was recently used in the accidental shooting death of a Leslie County woman.

Letcher County Judge/Executive Jim Ward said Sean Blair will be on administrative leave until further notice.

“We are doing an administrative investigation and there’s not much we can say,” said Ward. “We have a whole process we have to go through. We don’t know all the facts.”

Kentucky State Police said in a press release that preliminary investigation indicates that Veronica Hubbard, 36, received an accidental gunshot wound by her 13-yearold son after 1 p.m. on Dec. 6 at Hubbard’s residence located at 601 Little Stinnett Road in Leslie County.

An unidentified source familiar with the case said Hubbard was a close personal friend of Blair. They met three or four months ago when they both worked for LKLP. She was an in-take specialist at the Leslie County LKLP office. Blair, who has 18 years’ experience as a police of ficer, had recently worked as a weatherizationist for all four of the LKLP offices before he recently took a job as a Letcher County Ranger.

Hubbard has three children: a 15-year-old son, a 13-year-old son and an 11-year-old daughter.

The source familiar with the case said Blair had shown Hubbard’s sons some of his guns and was collecting magazines for the guns to put back in his car. The source said the shooting happened while Blair’s back was turned as he was busy gathering the magazines.

Hubbard was transported to the Mary Breckinridge Hospital where she was pronounced dead by the Leslie County coroner’s office.

“It’s a terrible tragedy involving Officer Blair and Ms. Hubbard and her family,” said KSP Public Affairs Officer Tony Watts.

Police say the 12-gauge shotgun used in the shooting was issued to Blair, who is employed by the Letcher County Police Department but was off duty when the shooting occurred.

Watts said no charges will be filed because it was an accidental shooting.

The investigation is continuing by KSP Det. Chris Collins.

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